LISTEN: The first-ever lease sale was held in the Arctic refuge this month. What does it mean for oil development in Alaska?

The Canning River forms the northwestern border of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: Lisa Hupp/USFWS)

Repeated attempts by Alaska’s congressional delegation over four decades to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to development finally prevailed with a lease sale held in early January. No major producers bought leases, but the state of Alaska did. What does the lack of industry interest mean for the future of oil development in Alaska?

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Andy Mack, former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Larry Persily, longtime oil and gas industry observer


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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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